NaNoWriMo Here I Come

Possible Retreat Cover Blurry Background With WordsLast Wednesday, the 28th of October, I finished the first edit of Retreat! Yay!!!!! Now my mom is going to have a look see at my work. I’m sure there will be problems, (spotted one before she started to read) but Retreat is now a step closer to publication.

Best of all, I can now focus my writing energies on Stronger than the Sword, my NaNoWriMo project, which I’m absolutely pumped about. I feel that I have a great message, but of course, there will probably be days where I doubt the manuscript and myself, then again, that’s normal.

November starts tomorrow and I finished the first edit just in time. NaNoWriMo, here I come!

Good luck everybody,

David B. Hunter

Kingdom Pen

I want to share a great resource with you guys. It’s called Kingdom Pen. Kingdom Pen is a website founded by Christian teen writers writers for Christian teen writers.

They have contests periodically as well as a forum. Every now and then a new helpful article is published on their website. Once you’re a member you can submit pieces of fiction to be critiqued or an article to be published.

I highly recommend this website. You’ll be glad you found it! My username is David B. Hunter. Can’t wait to see you on Kingdom Pen! Either click on the link at the top of the page or go to kingdompen.org.

If you join Kingdom Pen, please tell them that I told you about their website. I hope that you will all join this great website in “Encouraging Teens to Write for Christ” (that’s their motto. Thought I would throw it in. 😉 ).

Have a great Monday!

Comparison Between First Person and Third Person Limited POV (With Excerpt from Retreat)

Possible Retreat Cover Blurry Background With WordsFirst of all, before I begin, I must warn all of you, that I am not an expert! These are my opinions and best understanding of these principles at the present time.

If you want to get a full explanation of POV’s, head over to Mr. Davis’ blog, The Author’s Chair. He’s the one who refined what I think about POV’s.

Of course, every author has a different style and it is the reader that decides how well it works.

Alright, with all of that out of the way, I think it’s time for some examples.

This is Third Person Limited (or at least how I understand it) 😉

Ben trudged through Dubuque. Wind whipped around his ears. It carried the scent of fall and warned of the approach of winter.

Pain shot up his leg. Ben grimaced. It had been months since Wilson’s Creek. It was already October, but the pain lingered. At least it was getting better.

He stopped and gazed up at a white church. Multi-colored leaves whisked by on a breeze. A small stairway, with a railing on one side, led up to a narrow door. Ben sighed. It hadn’t changed a bit, except for the piece of paper on the door. Ben squinted. The words were unreadable at this distance.

After placing a steadying hand on the railing, Ben walked up the stairs. He reached the top and gazed at the words once again. Now they were clear.

Here is a the same part of the story, but in First Person.

I trudged through Dubuque. Wind whipped around my ears. It carried the scent of fall and warned of the approach of winter.

Pain shot up my leg. I grimaced. It had been months since Wilson’s Creek. It was already October, but the pain lingered. At least it was getting better. 

I stopped and gazed up at a white church. Multi-colored leaves whisked by on the breeze. A small stairway, with a railing on one side, led up to a narrow door. I sighed. It hadn’t changed a bit, except for the piece of paper on the door. I squinted. The words were unreadable at this distance. 

After placing a steadying hand on the railing, I walked up the stairs. I reached the top and gazed at the words once again. Now they were clear.

Basically, I just changed the nouns and pronouns to “I” and “my”. First Person allows for a more in-depth examination of a single character.

Also, notice the thoughts. It had been months since Wilson’s Creek. It was already October, but the pain lingered. At least it was getting better. It hadn’t changed a bit, except for a piece of paper on the door. This allows for the reader to get inside the character’s head, as well as allows you, the author to establish the back story.

This excerpt is from my book Retreat, hopefully coming out next summer. Just so you know, this is not the final version, it’ll be edited at least one more time (Hopefully more) .

Please post any comments if you agree, disagree, or think I got all of this plain wrong! 🙂 Thanks for reading. Again, please check out Mr. Davis’ blog. Have a great Monday!

Writing for His glory!

David B. Hunter

The War Room Review

Last week I went to the War Room, a movie about prayer. Before you read on, I’m warning you, there may be spoilers. 🙂

The main conflict in this story is between Elizabeth Jordan and her husband Tony. They argue a lot and Tony is often on the road as a pharmaceutical salesmen.

Meanwhile, their daughter is left out in the cold.

Elizabeth Jordan, a real estate agent, visits an old lady who’s selling her house. Eventually, this old lady shows Elizabeth a closet, which she calls her “War Room”. She challenges Elizabeth to pray for her husband, instead of fighting him, and let God fight for her.

Okay, that’s the whole premise and I had better not write any more, or I could give away too much of the story!

Throughout the movie there are some very laughable scenes, especially ones that involve the old lady.

The movie was professional for the most part, but there was maybe a scene or two which seemed a little amateur or over done.

The characters are great and the movie shows how love and God, can change a person.

Toward the end of the movie there is a Double Dutch competition. Basically two people swing two ropes, and one or more people do tricks, while jumping rope. Some of those moves, wow, pretty incredible!

All in all, it was a great movie and I highly recommend you watch it, I’d say it’s a 4.5/5. Go, watch it! 😉

Hope you have a good Wednesday.

Self-Publishing for Teens Part 4 – Setting up an Account at CreateSpace and KDP

cropped-reveille-cover-without-words-jpeg2.jpgHappy Monday to you all. Today I’m giving a couple of short tips about opening an account up at these two sites. I hope you don’t mind a post that’s a little shorter.

Tip 1: Have a parent at least help you for part of the setup process. That way you can have their insight.

Tip 2: Both KDP and CreateSpace need a social security number for tax purposes in order for you to publish and make money. I recommend using one of your parents SSN, at least until you turn the legal age to publish by yourself. Just in case.

Yes, I know, it’s annoying, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Taxes on any proceeds from these online sights will be counted as income for whichever parent uses their SSN.

Note: This is all just advice and I am not legal or tax expert AT ALL! Please do your own research! This is what I did.

Thank you for reading my four part series on self-publishing. If there was anything that I didn’t cover, but you would like to learn, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do!

Writing for His glory,

David B. Hunter

Self-Publishing for Teens Part 3 – Formatting your Book

cropped-reveille-cover-without-words-jpeg2.jpgHappy Monday, all you writers! Here’s a little post on formatting. Hope it’s helpful. 🙂 Have a great week!

Alright, your book has been edited, a great cover has been designed (or you’re in the process). What’s next?

Another important part of publishing is making sure that your formatting is correct. It doesn’t necessarily need to be fancy, but it needs to be functional.

In order to make this process easier (specifically in order to make a table of contents). I bought some writing software called Scrivener. It’s great. There may be a future post on the wonderful world of Scrivener, we’ll see.

Okay, so, whatever word processor you use to write your manuscript, you need to change it into a mobi file in order to publish on Kindle. A great tool to see how your work will look on multiple devices is the Kindle Previewer.

Once you download the previewer you can use it to inspect the interior of your book as if you were reading it on a Kindle, tablet, or phone.

Tip: In order to view what your book will look like on an iOS device, you have to copy and paste a code into the iOS device.

Tip 2: I believe that when you publish on Kindle, a clickable table of contents is automatically created for your book. At least they did for mine. Make sure you check that, so you don’t have two table of contents!

Formatting for CreateSpace is a little more tricky. First of all you need to create a table of contents, mine was functional, but it wasn’t the best (just check the inside of the print book) . Your manuscript needs to be in a pdf file in order to publish with CreateSpace.

A few minutes after entering your file, CreateSpace will allow you to see any possible formatting errors. Try to fix all of these if you can. (Supposedly my fonts weren’t embedded properly, but I went forward anyway.)

Tip 3: Try to format the book’s file in order to fit the size of the book you’re publishing. ex. if you’re publishing a 9 by 5 novel, make sure those are also the dimensions of your file.

Once this is done, you submit your file, and wait. CreateSpace should either approve or deny your manuscript within twenty-four hours.

After CreateSpace has approved your file, you’ll want to proofread your manuscript to make sure that no nasty little errors made it through your editing process. (This is what my mom the night before the deadline) As well as searching for typos, look for things like extra spaces in between words or sentences.

Finally, after you’ve proofread your manuscript, you complete the final steps, and let CreateSpace finalize your book. In a few days your book should be available for purchase on Amazon as well as the CreateSpace store.

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Keep on writing for His glory!

David B. Hunter

My Favorite Bible Verse

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD. “Plans to  prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

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This is a promise from God to the Israelites while the latter were in captivity in Babylon, but it’s also a promise for us today. God has a purpose for everyone one of us. He knows our strengths, and our weaknesses.

It’s a promise full of hope. God has a future all planned out for me, and it’s up to me to decide if I’m going to take his way.

I have a plan for my life, which I think is pretty good, but God’s plan is so much better.  I want to follow His plan. For, it will give me hope and a future.

Keep on writing for His glory!

David B. Hunter

NaNoWriMo Project

So, this year for NaNoWriMo I was going to write the third book in the Boy Buglers Series, but plans have changed. 🙂

I had this idea for a futuristic, medieval, dystopian. I’ve only ever read one dystopian, soooo, it’ll be interesting to see how this’ll work. Right now it is titled Stronger than the Sword. 

So far I have some basic plot points, the interior conflict for the main character, as well as names and the beginning character sketches for my two most important characters.

October is the preparation month and then November will be the writing month. Though I might not finish the rough draft in a single month. Especially, if I make it a full length novel! (50,000 or more words I believe)

I also need to begin the edits on Retreat, but I’ll have to see if I can do both projects. If I can’t, Retreat may have to be put off until later.

How about all of you guys? Do you have an idea for your book this year? Have you begun plotting and figuring out the characters? I would love to hear about your projects in the comments below.

Happy NaNoWriMo, it’s just one month away!

Writing for His glory,

David B. Hunter